June 30th, 2008
09:10 AM ET
13 years ago

Congressional Democrats hire Bush impersonator

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/08/art.vanhollen.gi.jpg caption="Van Hollen said Bush's policies were responsible for high gas prices."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Democrats will use a President Bush impersonator in a new radio advertising campaign that seeks to link 13 incumbent Republicans to rising gas prices as the country heads into the Fourth of July holiday.

The ad will run Monday through Friday in radio markets throughout the country, according to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, with a total buy of more than $100,000.

After an opening tailor-made for each targeted Republican, the impersonator then reads this boilerplate script:

"'W' here, wanted to thank you for your support of the big oil energy agenda. 'Preciate you voting to keep giving billions in tax breaks to the big oil companies. Sure, gasoline is over four bucks a gallon and the oil companies are making record profits, but what's good for big oil is good for America, right? I guess that's why they call us the Grand Oil Party. Heh, heh, heh."

CLICK PLAY to HEAR the DCCC's Bush impersonator

Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen, chairman of the DCCC, told CNN that Democrats chose to use a Bush impersonator because the president's "big oil energy policies delivered high gas prices to the American people, so who better to deliver our message than someone who sounds like him? Every time Americans fill up their tanks or buy groceries high gas prices grab their attention, so it's important to give credit where credit is due."

Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, sharply criticized the ad and said Democrats were being disingenuous.

"It is an outrageous attack," Diaz said. "It seems like it would be more appropriate leveled against Barack Obama who voted for the '05 energy bill, yet Democrats rail against subsidies to energy companies. The hypocrisy is stunning."

(List of targeted Republicans after the jump)

The cost of oil and gasoline has become a lightning rod on the campaign trail as Democrats and Republicans trade charges of inaction on the issue, and between presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama spar over how best to address the nation's energy needs.

Last week, McCain began airing a television ad on national cable and in battleground states touting his vision to help the country overcome what many people describe as an energy crisis.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said it will start running radio ads this week against the following incumbent House Republicans.

* California Rep. Brian Bilbray

* Pennsylvania Rep. Charlie Dent

* Virginia Rep. Thelma Drake

* West Virginia Rep. Shelly Moore Capito

* Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot

* Pennsylvania Rep. Phil English

* New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett

* Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach

* Virginia Rep. Virgil Goode

* North Carolina Rep. Robin Hayes

* North Carolina Rep. Patrick McHenry

* Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam

* Ohio Rep. Jean Schmidt

Filed under: DCCC • President Bush
soundoff (444 Responses)
  1. Joe the Troll

    Okay, can we agree that both sides are hypocrites and move on?

    June 29, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  2. Donna

    um yeah Danny..the Democrats are gonna launch an ad AGAINST the DNC Presidential Nominee...you are soooo smart....why didn't they think of that????

    The Repubs can do their own ad if they feel so strongly about it...LOL...this is almost laughable....

    June 29, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. Righteous Metal Broad

    ROLFMAO! I can't wait to hear these! Someone post them on youtube...

    June 29, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. michael minorgan

    thats great....who can trust McBush anyway he's a big flip flopper in his own right..let's talk turkey about trust Mr McCain..you cant run forever and for everything on your war record you know, at some point people will say so what can you do today!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. Jeffrey, Douglas, MI


    June 29, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  6. coop


    June 29, 2008 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  7. jason

    it's so outrageous when people call out republicans on their crap. it would be appropriate if they said the exact same words to democrats – who cares if the accusations become absurd in that context; as long as people are blaming democrats instead of republicans, it's more appropriate!

    June 29, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  8. Travis, Spokane, WA

    So gas is $4 a gallon. If big oil were not to have these "tax breaks" the would have less profits correct? So thats going to make gas cheaper? I think not.

    Lets face it. Repubs dont want gas prices to go down because they are making tons of cash. The democrats dont want gas prices to go down because they are in bed with the environmentalist and they all want us to change our habits and drive a prius.

    We the people are screwed!

    Can we vote to not have a government? Because certainly nothing has to be better than what our options are now

    June 29, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  9. Sherry


    The republican party know in their hearts that Bush is an oil man and he is behind the high gas prices

    America is in the situation it is because Bush was such a horrible President

    June 29, 2008 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  10. WHY?!?

    Absolutely ridiculous. When you use actors/impersonators, you weaken your case by making your whole campaign based on FICTION. Similar to Obama being "black" when he is actually bi-racial & is just as white as he is black. Way to go, Democrats! (**I used to LOVE this party!!**)

    June 29, 2008 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  11. Robert P.

    Wow! Barack's confidence must be rubbing off on the party. We've got to put the blame for this country's mess where it belongs –
    with George W. Bush and the Republicans. Bullies only understand one thing – and that's a punch in the mouth. I'm glad were lining them up and knocking them out!

    June 29, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. Nee

    What an interesting ad! I like it!

    June 29, 2008 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  13. Nee

    What an interesting ad! I like it!

    OBAMA 08 and 12

    June 29, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  14. Kevin

    I guess the DNC is more repulsive than the GOP when it comes to smear tactics. Funny thing is I think the Democrats have controlled Congress for the past 2 years. Oh and 2 years ago gas was less than $2 a gallon. But of course everything is Bush's fault...I wonder if the Democrats win the White House and more of a Congress majority what their excuse for ruining the country will be then? Oh riiight they will say it is still Bush's fault. Wake up America!

    June 29, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  15. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    The ads better be funny instead of lame.
    No one likes a lame ad.

    June 29, 2008 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |

    Wow!!! The only question that I have is: Someone actually wants to play Bush? Good grief Charlie Brown

    June 29, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  17. mountain man

    HA that's too funny!

    June 29, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  18. The Truth

    this is not Saturday Night Live

    you can make your point in a much more intelligent way, or maybe
    the the people you are trying to reach need this type of direction

    June 29, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  19. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    For any republican to rant and rave and yell hypocricy at an ad pointing the finger for gas prices to the gop is ludicrous!

    June 29, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  20. Crush Rush

    Nationalize the scumbags.

    June 29, 2008 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  21. Deena

    LOL!!! They should get the guy that Leno uses. He's spot on!!! I can't wait to hear the ad.

    June 29, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  22. Bill

    Wow, an impersonator doing an impersonation of of a person doing an impersonation of a president. How ironic!

    June 29, 2008 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  23. Dr. Bob

    To the HRC supporters – Here this – If you vote for B. Hussein Obama you will certainly end Hillary's chances of ever becoming president. We have to vote McCain. Hillary will win in 2012 I guarantee it!!!

    June 29, 2008 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  24. Paul In Seattle

    This is a horrible idea.

    There is no reason to bring this sort of "carnival" act to campaigning, especially when Barack Obama and the Democrats are already in a good state in this election season. Let the Republicans use their attack adds laced with racial undertones, and other fear based tactics. Democrats have no reason to stoop to their level. Please stop this garbage at once.

    June 29, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  25. Matt

    it is interesting how dirty the Democratic party has gotten during this election...it's worth noting that the billion dollar tax breaks were written into law by Pres. Clinton originally...With all the numerous faults to level against Pres. Bush and Co. why do the Democrats resort to fiction?

    June 29, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18